Before the start of the school year, Manjusha Chava ’22 was a self-proclaimed “Negative Nancy” about returning to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But observing fellow students take coronavirus seriously, such as by distancing in the Dunkin’ line in the Campus Center and pumping hand sanitizer onto their palms, has shifted her perspective.
“Other community members and I are getting tested [for COVID] every week. You can see how careful everyone is being while interacting with each other.”
Across campus, WPI community members are seeing a greater sense of self-awareness in others, and a growing culture in which people take care of each other, which was already rooted in the university’s way of life. Following important health behaviors—such as keeping the recommended six-foot distance between other people, keeping faces covered, washing hands frequently, and following the testing protocols—and encouraging peers to follow suit helps keep WPI and surrounding neighborhoods safe and healthy.
These efforts have proven effective, as the university’s ongoing routine testing—highlighted in the COVID-19 Dashboard—has identified low numbers of positive cases, helped the community manage well in A-Term, and gotten everyone prepared for B-Term.